• Get Out: Dec. 28, 2012

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  • Rogue Valley Walkers
    Monday, Dec. 31: Finish the year with a 10K walk in Gold Hill. Meet at 9:45 a.m. at the post office on 2nd Avenue. This walk has a shorter 5K option. For more information, call 541-245-9356.
    Saturday, Jan. 12: 10K Medford Bridge Walk will explore south Medford and Bear Creek. Meets in the Bear Creek Park lot on Highland Avenue at 9:45 a.m. For more information, call 541-245-9356.
    Saturday, Jan. 26: The Ashland Town Walk will cover 10K jaunt, with a shorter 5K option available. Meet at 9:45 a.m. in the Safeway parking lot on the corner of Siskiyou Boulevard and Sherman Street. For more information, call 541-245-9356.
    Southern Oregon Nordic Club
    Saturday, Dec. 29: Intermediate ski lesson, SONC XC Training Group. For information and directions, call Edgar Hee at 541-734-4872.
    Saturday, Dec. 29: Advanced ski tour to Dutton Ridge;13 miles with 1,700-foot climb. For details, call John Fertig at 541-601-5687.
    Friday-Sunday, Jan. 11-13: Weekend outing at Mt. Shasta Nordic Center will include Saturday lessons for beginners and intermediates, and an introduction to skate skiing, along with unorganized skiing and social activities. Rental skis (classic and skate) are available at the Nordic Center (see www.mtshastanordic.org/nordic_center3.htm for rental information). For details, call Edgar or Karen Hee at 541-734-4872 or email ejhee@juno.com or khee@juno.com.
    First Day hikes
    Tuesday, Jan. 1: Valley of the Rogue State Park will be one of 22 Oregon state parks offering special hikes and free parking on New Year's Day. From noon to 3 p.m., an easy hike of three miles along the Rogue River Greenway is planned. It will offer opportunities for birding, tree identification and ecological observation. Dogs are allowed on a leash. Hikers should bring water, snacks and binoculars. Most of the “First Day Hikes” will be led by a park ranger or volunteer. Valley of the Rogue is at exit 45B off Interstate 5. For information on parks participating across Oregon, see www.americasstateparks.org.
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